A Christmas Dream

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D. Appleton & Company, 1861 - 35 pages
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Page 14 - I wish you a merry Christmas and a happy New Year...
Page 40 - So live that when thy summons comes, to join The innumerable caravan which moves To that mysterious realm where each must take His chamber in the silent halls of death...
Page 29 - The scene wont swimming before me, and in an instant the whole of a past life was disclosed.' The time of the Passing Year is fast drawing to a close ; but before he departs he shows to the dreamer yet one more scene ; it is the parlor of his ancient home ; and around the dimly-burning fire sit four figures...
Page 22 - Men wondered that he did not yearn for fame; and yet, detecting himself in such a desire, he would have banished the thought at once, as involving a wish to elevate himself above those whom he loved. He would rather have the thanks of a beggar than the throne of Csesar.
Page 41 - ... fearless, on the march, in the strife, at victory or defeat, they at last laid down at the mysterious frontier, leaving the exalted hope behind that, though the world was lost forever, there would be unfurled another realm of unimaginable glory, where they, and all whom they loved on earth, might realize the promise which the great Ruler of the universe has made to the just.
Page 22 - There were many, very many places where, without his ever knowing of hu importance, the appearance of this benevolent and kindly being was hailed as the sufferer hails the ruddy dawn ; and when he was striving to cheer the heavy hours of those who seemed to need his sympathy, how many hearts were eager to yield him the same solace...
Page 21 - There was no impulse of his soul, no word on his lip, no pressure in his hand, that had ever felt the influence of hypocrisy, and in the prime of his manhood you might read his nature as easily as that of a child.
Page 29 - Such eating, drinking, laughing, singing, and after the dinner, such dancing, tumbliug, and playing at blindman's buff! The scene went swimming before me, and in an instant the whole of a past life was disclosed.' The time of the Passing Year is fast drawing to a close ; but before he departs he shows to the dreamer yet one more...
Page 27 - ... his face radiant with a cheerful smile, and his proud glance directed around the abundant board to those on whom his hopes and pride now centered. And there...
Page 24 - He has gone, and all who knew him regret his departure, and feel that it is a greater trial to remain here, now that he is no more, than even to venture on the unknown world in quest of him, and the hearty greeting he knew how to give.

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